Orland Wolford, vice chairman of TBC Corp. and president and CEO of the company’s retail group, retired at the end of February after a dozen years with the Florida-based company. Larry Day, TBC’s chairman, president and CEO, has taken over management of TBC’s franchise group, which includes Big O Tires, Midas, SpeeDee Oil Change & Tune-Up and R.O. Writer.
Wolford’s retail expertise and his hands-on, people-first leadership style were integral to TBC’s success, Day said in a statement. “Notably, Orland has led the growth of TBC’s retail division most recently with the acquisition and relocation of Midas International (in 2012),” he said.
Wolford joined the company in 2000 as president and CEO of the Tire Kingdom group of retail stores. He joined TBC’s board of directors in 2007, became president and CEO of the TBC Retail Group in 2008, and was promoted to vice chairman of the corporation last April.
Under Wolford’s leadership, the company grew from 148 Tire Kingdom stores in Florida to more than 2,700 franchised and company-operated tire and automotive service centers throughout the United States and Canada.
“The last 12 years have been the most rewarding part of my entire career,” Wolford said in a statement. “I will certainly miss the many fine people who I have worked with over the years. I am proud to have been associated with TBC and wish it continued success.”
Prior to joining TBC, Wolford held senior management positions at various automotive companies, including Firestone. — Sarah Hollander
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